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MSHP identifies Franklin County fatal accident victim

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A 30-year-old Villa Ridge man was killed overnight Sunday on Brinkman Road in Franklin County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), the accident took place around 12:50 a.m. near St. Mary’s Road.

A 2005 Ford Focus was traveling eastbound on Brinkman when, for reasons unknown, the vehicle left the roadway, crashed into a tree, and burst into flames. The passenger, identified as Levi Wheeler, was pronounced dead just before 1:15 a.m.

The driver of the vehicle, a 38-year-old Villa Ridge woman, suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital.